Apple Crumble Recipe – Healthy Low Sugar Option

Apple Crumble Recipe – Healthy Low Sugar Option

This Apple Crumble (Apple Crisp) recipe is very low in sugar and high in flavor. I do not add sugar to the apples at all. Yet, they are very sweet. The key is the process. The type of apples you will be using will also make a huge difference. I tried many times and came to a conclusion that Golden Delicious apples are simply the best choice. They are sweet, almost pear like flavor. They are also pretty crispy so they will not fall apart while cooking them like Macintosh apple would.

Apple Crumble - Golden Delicious Apples
Golden Delicious Apples

Preparing the apples for best Apple Crumble

To prepare the apples you just need to wash them, of course:). I do not peel them. Remove the core and dice them into medium size bites. I put them into preheated non stick pan, sprinkle with a generous amount of cinnamon and cover them up. I reduce the heat to minimum and cook them until I see they start releasing water. At this point, the apples need to be stirred to make sure all of them are well coated in cinnamon and juices and cover them.

Apples for apple crumble

I would continue cooking them until the water is almost evaporated and the apples are a little bit brown. The apples are done when there is very little of liquid left and the liquid is thick, almost like a caramel.

Healthy Apple crisp

And that is the process that makes the apples so sweet that you will not need any sugar; making this apple crumble recipe a lower calorie option and healthier than any other ones.

I also like to add oats to my crumble itself and minimum amount of butter and sugar. This apple crumble recipe is one of the best I have ever tried. It is a proof that you do not need to add copious amounts of sugar to make desserts amazing.

I like to serve the apple crisp with either: full fat Fage greek yogurt or Halo Top ice cream. But you can also use your favorite Ice cream or whip some whipping cream as well.

Healthy Apple crisp

Love apple desserts? Here are some more low calorie ideas:

Polish Apple Cake – Jablecznik

More Apples than Cake

See the video for more detailed instructions so you can see how that will look like:

Apple Crumble Low in Sugar

Apple Crumble – Low Sugar

Quick and easy apple crumble that you can make every day. This dessert can be made in one large dish or you can bake it in smaller separate ramekins.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 313 kcal


  • non stick pan or cast iron skillet
  • 9 inch round baking dish


  • 3 large Golden Delicious apples (28 oz/312 g each)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

For Crumble

  • 3/4 cup Old fashioned oats (60 g)
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour (2.1 oz/60 g)
  • 3 tbs Room temperature butter (42 g)
  • 2.5 tbs Brown sugar (1.1 oz/30 g)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


For apples

  • Remove seeds from apples and dice them into small even pieces
    Dice apples for apple crumble
  • Lay the apples over preheated non stick pan, sprinkle with cinnamon, cover and lower the heat to low
    Apples for apple crumble
  • Once apples start release water – stir well and cover again
    apples for apple crumble
  • Continue cooking on low heat until the juices start thickening and there is very little liquid
  • If you are not using cast iron – move the apples into 9 inch round baking dish

For crumble

  • Combine butter, sugar, oats and flour with a fork
    Ingredients for apple crumble
  • Work it until it forms little crumbs
    Apple crumble
  • Sprinkle over the apples
    Apple crumble


  • Bake at 375 F for 25 – 30 minutes


Glass Pie Dish for Baking 9-1/2 inch and 8-1/2 inch

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Miyabi Kaizen Chef’s Knife

Frying Pan with Lid, Nonstick Copper

Mikasa Delray 40-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 8

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For a short video of the same recipe click below:

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